Category: opinion


OPINION: Individualism, collective dissent, and Ferguson

This opinion piece was originally publish in the Nov. 17 issue of Fourth Estate.  Over the past two months, more than 1,000 law enforcement officials have undergone 5,000 hours of “specialized training” in anticipation for the announcement of Darren Wilson’s…


OPINION: Free speech or incitement?

In response to one of Bill Maher’s recent anti-Islam tirades, a student group at the University of California at Berkeley petitioned the university to disinvite the talk-show host as their commencement speaker, citing Maher’s “offensive and dangerous rhetoric.” This petition,…

OPINION: Why should I vote?

In my Government 101 this semester, several students have written about friends who say: “Why should I vote? It doesn’t make any difference?” In a democratic society every adult, with some exceptions, has the right to vote:  But it is…

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OPINION: Gendercide an increasing global problem

In the small town of Braga, Portugal, a teenage girl dreams to learn how to ride a bike. She’s sixteen years old and her older sister just brought home a bike, for their two brothers. “Bikes are for boys, not…

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OPINION: Celebrity nude photo leak is a larger cultural problem

Women received yet another reminder of society’s disdain for their gender this past Labor Day weekend when an anonymous hacker flooded the Internet with nude photos of various female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Hope Solo and Rihanna. Although…

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OPINION: Neutrality is complicity

One of the biggest lies we’ve been fed about the way the world works is the idea that there are two sides to every issue. From our elementary school teachers attempting to resolve disputes to pundits on cable news, this…

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What is Fourth Estate?

Executive Editor Frank Muraca’s parting letter from the editor to the Mason community: When I first sat down to write this letter, I spent a lot of time trying to tie all of the coverage I’ve worked on into one…

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What we built while you were away

Coming back from Spring Break you may have noticed something a little different about our website. Well, maybe a lot different. Last semester, we merged Connect2Mason and Broadside with the idea that we could better bring information to the Mason…